Oct 3, 2022 • 5M


Word (Audio)

Upgrade to listen

Appears in this episode

Anthony Esolen
Paid subscribers: stop by on Mondays to hear Tony discuss the word of the week, with etymologies, ad libs .. and pizzazz.
Episode details

Sometimes, when I am listening to the word of God from the dull and often misleading English translation my Church uses for the lectionary, I have to grit my teeth and shut my eyes – anything rather than smack my head and or knock the hymnal off the pew.  That’s the case when I hear Jesus’ parable of the vineyard owner who leased his fields to tenant farmers.  When the time for gathering the grapes came, Jesus says, he sent a servant for (here comes the dull and misleading word) the PRODUCE.  It is as if Jesus and the disciples were used to going to the ancient Acme Grocery Store, or the A & P.
     “Pete,” says Jesus, “we could use some sweet snacks for the trip to Jerusalem.  Would you go to the Jericho A & P and see what they have in the PRO-duce section?  Maybe some bunches of grapes, if they’re not overripe, or perhaps a sack of – what do they call that fruit from Persia?  Peaches.  I like them.”
     The word that Jesus undoubtedly used in his native Aramaic was well translat…

Listen to this episode with a 7-day free trial

Subscribe to

Word & Song by Anthony Esolen
to listen to this episode and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.